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Study Automotive Engineering at Unitec

Bachelor of Applied Technology - Automotive Engineering

Want to work in the automotive industry? Learn to keep pace with the rapid advances in automotive engineering and confidently apply your skills across a wide range of situations.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available

Programme overview

Keep pace with the advances in automotive technology and find out how international trends affect national decisions about automotive applications. Learn about transport efficiency and sustainability issues, and vehicle systems diagnosis. Learn to be innovative and gain the skills to confidently apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations. Develop an understanding of how to run a small business and manage projects. You’ll also improve your communication and problem-solving skills.


  • Critical analysis is an important component of your study: compare and contrast existing automotive systems and modify them where applicable
  • Access to multiple well-equipped specialist workshops and laboratories
  • Access to a range of vehicles for project work
  • Undertake a major industry project in your final year where you can make valuable contacts for your future career in the automotive industry

Qualification pathway

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme you’ll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Exit qualification: Students who complete the first two years of this degree may exit the programme with the qualification: Diploma in Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering).

Admission requirements

For this programme you will need:

1. To have successfully completed a relevant Level 3 New Zealand Certificate or higher, or a comparable qualification in a relevant discipline or as approved by the Academic Leader.

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

If you do not have (1) above, we also accept entry by special or discretionary admission:


  • Be 20 years on when you start this programme; AND
  • Demonstrate your practical abilities by providing a small portfolio of evidence as approved by the Academic Leader



  • Be under 20 years old at the start of the programme; AND
  • Demonstrate your background of automotive engineering at this required level, as assessed and approved by the Academic Leader.*

*Note: If you are unsure whether or not you met the entry criteria, please Apply for this programme and we will contact you. These regulations have been updated in September 2018.

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.